One-year ban on im­port­ing carved ivory items

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

China has im­posed a one-year ban on the im­por­ta­tion of carved ivory items ac­quired af­ter July 1, 1975.

The ban, which took ef­fect on Feb 26, was an­nounced by the State Forestry Ad­min­is­tra­tion, China’s wildlife watch­dog.

It only af­fects ivory ac­quired af­ter the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora came into force.

“The one-year term will also pro­vide time for us to ob­serve and eval­u­ate the ac­tual ef­fect of this act on the ele­phants.” said Meng Xian­lin, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor-gen­eral of the En­dan­gered Species Im­port and Ex­port Man­age­ment Of­fice of China.

Be­cause of the legal ivory mar­ket, China has long been crit­i­cized for be­ing the world’s big­gest ivory im­porter and blamed for African ele­phant poach­ing. (Photo 1)

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